Homesteading in California

Homesteading in California- here is a summary of some of the important considerations for starting off your homestead journey in this state.

homesteading in california

Climate  – Click on the city/town links for more ‘local’ data

Geography – general geographic information

Geology  – geologic information (what rocks do we find)

Legal/Tax considerations

Building codes

Agricultural statistics

Home schooling

Average land price per acre (2013) : $7,300


Homesteader Comments

Read below what real homesteaders in this state think the pros and cons for living and homesteading here.  Add your own in the comments!

Pros: The year round temperature is moderate in my area (not necessarily in the whole state tho!!)  there is much agriculture – so the laws are amenable to the agricultural lifestyle

Cons:nanny state, gun laws, drought, soil in my area is sand. property is very expensive.

Ruthann, 1 Acres



4 thoughts on “Homesteading in California

  • November 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I am a CA native, so I do have a certain love for the land, but not for our government.
    It’s almost tyrannical, really.
    Our King, I mean governor Brown adds taxes anytime he wants.
    As far as rural living, you have the added benefit of a rural fire tax.
    Septic systems newly installed need to have filtration systems.
    Permits/land values are extremely expensive.
    We were lucky to find land with a fixer, so we avoided school tax and fire tax for a new build. We have no irrigation water, only well water, so we can’t just grow 10 acres of food. To buy irrigation water, it’ll be about 25k for pipe install, then monthly service.
    Because of that we have to buy hay year round for our horses/cows, which is way more expensive here than other states.
    I’d say if you live in another state, do NOT bother to come here, unless you are a millionaire, or a pot grower.
    It’s just too expensive to live simply. We have the highest taxes in the nation.

  • August 22, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    thanks for the info, for reals

  • June 23, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, thank you guys for the info….does anyone know how to about having a composting toilet permanently…. i am thinking about building in Calaveras country.

  • November 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Thank you for the information. I am planning to do homesteading in California. I want to ask if I want to build a pond as a rain harvester, do I need a permit for it? (It is good additional supply of water.)


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